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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Apr 6, 2010 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: DSO

Anyone on here ever been to a Dark Star Orchestra show? Was thinkin about goin but wonder if it's really worth it.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Apr 6, 2010 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I've seen the at least a dozen times with John K. and once with Jeff Mattson, and it's always has been worth every penny.

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Poster: BVD Date: Apr 6, 2010 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I have seen them twicw and enjoyed boyh shows even though they were 80s shows. Planning on seeing them later this month in Reno. Worth the 20 bills easily. But don't buy into the "If you close your eyes thing..." Not even close. They play Grateful Dead music very well and they have a real passion for what they do. I think you will have an enjoyable experience especially if you go without any expectations.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Apr 6, 2010 6:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

Ok, then what is the experience? I've been meaning to ask this for a long time - tag, you're it. To me, a great part of the Dead experience was their sound. They had a distinct, gorgeous sound. Jerry made bells go off in my head. So what would I be seeing at a DSO show? Or for that matter, a Furthur show? If no one is copying Jerry's sound, then what should I expect? I haven't been to Dead show since '90, but I did see them for 20 years and the thought is sometimes there to catch one of these gigs. Thanks.

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Poster: lostmoon Date: Apr 6, 2010 7:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

go for the music. I saw them last April in AZ and left quite pleased with the whole thing. They're good.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Apr 6, 2010 8:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I've seen Furthur this past February and The Dead on July 4, 2009 and both shows were a great experience. I heard some of my favorite songs in the world played well and with passion by great musicians who really know and love those grooves. Oh yeah, and I got to boogie and toke freely among the most appreciative audiences I have ever been in.

Good times...

p.s. I've never seen Jerry play but I have listened to GD at least 80% of the time for the last 5 years.

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Apr 8, 2010 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

The experience is the good empovisational music from the GD's repetoire. But of course, in order to enjoy it for what it is, you can't be in the mindset that "Jerry" is what its all about.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Apr 6, 2010 8:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I've never seen them but I'm sure it's a heckuva lot more fun than sitting home and watching TV. Plus, we all have the rest of our lives to listen to the real deal at home, in the car, or wherever, why not check out a great night out with good music? I'd go if I could

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Poster: high flow Date: Apr 6, 2010 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I saw them last year before they switched guitarists. I say yes. It is worth it.

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Apr 6, 2010 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I noticed they're playing with Stu Allen, saw him with JGB last year. I think that's the clincher for me.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 7, 2010 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

Saw them last fall at the Nokia in NYC and had a real good time - they played a strange setlist that I thought was original but turned out to be what I think is a GD clunker - mainly due to Shakedown followed by Walkin Blues:

P.S. the Scarlet > Fire smoked, definite highlight and very well played

07/15/88
Greek Theater, University Of California - Berkeley, CA

Set 1:
Shakedown Street
Walkin' Blues
Friend Of The Devil
Queen Jane Approximately
Dire Wolf
Good Time Blues
Turn On Your Love Light
Cassidy
Bertha

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Drums
I Need A Miracle
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Morning Dew

Encore:
Turn On Your Love Light

This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2010-04-07 14:24:22

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Apr 7, 2010 6:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I've seen them twice in Albany (in 08 and 09), the first time they played a setlist from 1984, it was AWESOME, it was a wonderfull experience. The next time they played an original setlist, frankly it wasn't anywhere near as good as the 84 show but it was still well played and a lot of fun. Definitely worth the money. Go see them.
Check out their shows here on the archive. Theyve recently been flip-floping lead guitarists, of course since John Kadlecik left to join Furthur. Their spring tour their about to start will be with Stu Allen i believe, and theyre last tour was with Jeff Matson.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Apr 6, 2010 8:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

yes!!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Apr 7, 2010 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Just go and you tell us....

Old thread entry about a DSO show at the NORVA....

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=223699

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Apr 7, 2010 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just go and you tell us....

Thanks folks! Will be going to either 4/23 or 4/24 show in SF, Regency Ballroom.

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Poster: stealyourwife Date: Apr 6, 2010 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

definitely worth $20 or so. i think they try to play a dead setlist from some year on whatever date it is.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Apr 7, 2010 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

I'm going Friday or Sat, to see them in Boulder.
only seen one show of theirs that was basic, 20 or so others have been real fun!

like someone said, better than sittin on my ass watchin tv at home.

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Poster: Longnstrange Date: Apr 6, 2010 10:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DSO

Absolutely! You are so curious that you've posted. You owe it to yourself to go and see for yourself. Whether you love it or hate it or something in between it will be worth it because then you'll know.